Technical Head of Program (THoP) At Handicap International – Humanity & Inclusion

Handicap International / Humanity & Inclusion (HI) is an independent and impartial international solidarity association, which intervenes in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflicts and disasters. Working alongside disabled and vulnerable people, she acts and testifies to meet their basic needs and improve their living conditions. It undertakes to promote respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights. Since its creation in 1982, HI has set up development programs in more than 59 countries and intervenes in numerous emergency situations. Today we have a budget of approximately 230 million euros, with 4755 employees worldwide.

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The organization has been present in Mali since 1996 on development activities in the south and north of the country: promotion of the rights of people with disabilities, strengthening of civil society, access to education for children with disabilities, professional integration of people disabilities, detection and management of deficiencies in children. Today, HI carries out humanitarian and development activities in the regions of Bamako, Mopti, Timbuktu, Gao and Kidal.

The activities of the program revolve around the following orientations:

• Health & rehabilitation

• Inclusive education & vocational training

• Livelihood & Resilience

• Protection & Risk Reduction:

• Support to operators following the H2H approach (humanitarian to humanitarian)

The position is based in Bamako with possible travel to the sites of Mopti, Timbuktu, Gao (following the security rules defined internally).


Under the responsibility of the Program Director, the Technical Head of Program contributes within his attached program, to the implementation of the mandate and the 10-year strategy of Humanity & Inclusion. He/she drives the programmatic development of social missions within his/her technical scope, and he/she ensures the optimization of the quality and impact of the projects implemented in the program, in line with the priorities defined in the Technical Strategies. The Technical Head of Program is responsible for a team of specialists (Technical Field Specialist, Business Developer, MEAL…).

Main challenges of the mission:

In an increasingly complex context between humanitarian and development, the Mali program faces an operational challenge in order to ensure the Nexus. This involves ensuring the quality of interventions, taking into account the need to respond to immediate needs and long-term structural issues in volatile contexts. The methods of intervention must be adapted according to the needs and the evolution of the context.

The THoP and his team will have to provide support for the analyzes of the overall situation and by domain in each area of ​​intervention. A strategy that must combine Nexus and comprehensive approaches to ensure maximum impact for communities.

Assignment 1: Management

  • Exemplary Manager: embodies HI’s values ​​on a daily basis, and is a role model.
  • Meaningful Manager: understands the strategy, explains it, translates it into operational objectives for his team, leads the necessary changes.
  • Manager Manager: organizes the operational management of his team.
  • 1st Manager HR&Coach

Mission 2: Strategy and management

  • Contribute to the development of the operational strategy (StratOp) in line with the HI Strategy
  • Is in lead on the development of the operational framework in the program’s STRATOP
  • Ensures the deployment of transversal approaches within programming
  • Proposes the design of the technical device of the program
  • Ensures the MEAL part of the Operational Strategy, pilots the related action plan as well as the strategy monitoring tool

Mission 3: Development of the social mission and programmatic vision

Defines the program’s fundraising strategy for new themes or innovations in existing sectors.

Mission 4: Quality standards and expertise / With the MEAL and technical profiles of the Program

Controls and monitors the technical quality and relevance of HI’s activities within its scope

Mission 5: Ensures external representation and promotion of HI’s expertise in its field.

  • Represents HI’s expertise in all relevant networks (including clusters).
  • Support specialists and the DP in representation with partners, institutional donors and authorities.
  • Contribute to advocacy.
  • Contributes locally to communication messages, in accordance with StratOp and federal communication priorities.

Mission 6: Emergency Preparedness and Response

Leads emergency preparedness actions in his department and, in the event of an emergency, reorganizes his team’s priorities according to the humanitarian imperative, in order to ensure a rapid and effective response from HI.


  • You hold a master’s degree in one of HI’s technical sectors and/or in international cooperation and/or in humanitarian development
  • You have a minimum of 5 years of experience in humanitarian development with experience in project management (multi or complex)
  • You have experience in the field of inclusion of people with disabilities or marginalized
  • You have knowledge of research methodology (applied or more)
  • You are fluent in French and have an excellent level of reading in English
  • Knowledge of West African contexts will be an asset
  • You know how to show leadership: inspire confidence, motivate, lead by example, know how to make and assume decisions
  • You know how to work in a team/network, cooperate. Respect the opinions and value the skills of each with a view to joint action
  • You are resilient to stress and uncertainty


  • As the position is based in the capital, life there is relatively pleasant: Bamako is a large capital for the sub-region, quite pleasant and with many facilities, even if some are subject to restrictions due to safety rules.
  • Security: Security is generally good in Bamako but does not in any way exclude compliance with the rules of caution. Bamako and the southern part of Mali are randomly exposed to threats. The risk of an attack in Bamako and its surroundings, in particular targeting public places frequented by international staff (restaurants, hotels, places of leisure, shops), is particularly high.
  • Travel: limited travel to HI’s intervention sites in Mali (Sikasso, Mopti, Timbuktu, Gao) with certain limitations in the north of the country depending on the security rules in force.


At HI, the starting conditions are commensurate with your commitment and adapted to the context of your assignment. Particular attention is paid to health issues and your personal situation:

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  • International contract of 24 months starting ideally from 01/08/2023
  • The international contract allows social coverage adapted to the needs of each
    • Unemployment insurance levied only for EU nationals
    • Retirement insurance
    • Health coverage, repatriation, provident insurance covered by HI and by the employee
  • Salary : from €2,986 gross/month depending on professional experience
  • Perdiem : 600 € net/month – paid in local currency on the field
  • Hardship: €250 net/month
  • Paid leave : 25 days per year; R&R : Level 2 // 5 days every 3 months
  • Job :
    • not accompanied
      • Payment of transport costs, visas and transport of your personal effects
      • From 12 months of mission a child allowance of 100 € paid from 2 dependent children
  • Accommodation: individual paid for by HI

How to apply


Only online by attaching CV and cover letter via the following link:

Applications are processed continuously, do not wait to apply!

Only selected candidates will be contacted.

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